Samuel Bowmer

Lance Corporal

Sherwood Foresters (Nottinghamshire and Debyshire Regiment)
2nd Battalion
Leicestershire Regiment 65181  

Photo courtesy Janette Pendleton

Samuel or Ernest Bowmer in ww1

This photograph is either Samuel Bowmer or his brother Ernest Bowmer.

Derbyshire Courier 7 November 1916

Newpaper photograph of Samuel Bowmer


The Roll of Honour records Samuel Bowmer as having the rank of lance corporal. The only record found was for a Sergeant Samuel Bowmer in the Sherwood Foresters. His newspaper photograph shows he served in the Sherwood Foresters.

Samuel appears in the 1901 census but then disappears locally in 1911; but this family breaks up after 1901 with some of the children being adopted. The newspaper report dated 7 November 1916 states he was "formerly of Crich" which suggests that he had moved away,

Medal Index Card
He went to France 11 November 1914, awarded Victory and British War Medals. He also had clasp and roses dated 12 August 1920 ("Clasp and Roses" or "Cl" means the soldier received the dated clasp to adorn the ribbon of the 1914 Star, or a silver rosette to go on the ribbon when only ribbons are being worn)

Newspaper Report

Derbyshire Courier 7 November 1916
Lance Corporal S. Bowmer, Formerly of Crich, wounded

Samuel Bowmer's brothers Harry BOWMER, Ernest BOWMER and John BOWMER are also on the Roll of honour.


1901: Top of town, Crich

Forename Surname Relationship Age Occupation Where born
John Bowmer Head 36 Quarryman Crich
Hannah M Bowmer wife 32   Crich
Lizzie Bowmer daughter 11   Crich
William Bowmer son 10   Crich
John Bowmer son 8   Crich
Samuel Bowmer son 6   Crich
Rebecca Bowmer daughter 5   Crich
Harry Bowmer son 4   Crich
Ernest Bowmer son 3   Crich
Frances Bowmer daughter 2   Crich

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